Borussia Dortmund bus attack: Police nab German-Russian suspect who had 'financial motive'

Dortmund: German police on Friday arrested the suspected perpetrator of a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus, the public prosecutor's office said, indicating his motive was financial and not terror-related.

Police stand near the team bus of Borussia Dortmund after it was damaged in an explosion. Getty

Police stand near the team bus of Borussia Dortmund after it was damaged in an explosion. Getty

Police commandos working on behalf of the federal prosecutor's office "have arrested a 28-year-old German-Russian national, Sergej W," a statement said.

It said the suspect was hoping to profit from a drop in the football team's share price as a result of the attack.

The incident, which occurred in Dortmund on April 11, saw three explosions go off alongside the team bus minutes after it left the squad's hotel heading for a Champions League quarter-final home match against Monaco.

The blast shattered the bus windows, and Dortmund's Spanish international Marc Bartra, 26, underwent surgery after he was hit by flying glass.

A policeman on a motorcycle escorting the bus suffered trauma from the noise.

The explosive devices containing metal pieces appear to have been hidden in a hedge and were set off as the bus passed. The blast had a radius of more than 100 metres.

The match was postponed for a day.

There were three alleged claims of responsibility for the attack, one of which suggested an Islamist link, but security sources questioned their authenticity, with experts suggesting the aim may have been to put investigators on the wrong track.


Published Date: Apr 21, 2017 01:38 pm | Updated Date: Apr 21, 2017 01:38 pm


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